'Senior Moments' Don't Lead to Dementia for Most: Study
Only about 20 percent of people who experience senior moments of forgetfulness, memory lapses and poor judgment will go on to development serious brain-related disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, according to a new German study.
Although some people will be stricken with...
Simple Blood Test Predicts Dementia Risk
A blood test has been developed that can predict with 90 percent certainty whether a senior will suffer from dementia within the next few years, researchers report.
The test relies on levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream to estimate the chances of either mild...
Study Ties Troubled Sleep to Lower Brain Volume
People who have trouble sleeping tend to have less volume in certain regions of the brain than those without sleep problems, a new study of Persian Gulf War veterans suggests.
People discount the importance of sleep. So many things seem so much more important than a few extra...
Antidepressant Recalled After Report of Wrong Drug in Bottle
Two lots of Pfizer's antidepressant drug Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl)are being recalled because they may contain capsules of another drugcalled Tikosyn (dofetilide), which is used to treat heart rhythmdisorders.
The recall also includes one lot of generic Greenstone...
Nerve Treatment Offers Hope to Tinnitus Sufferers
Volunteers are being recruited for a clinical trial to test a new method to treat ringing in the ears, the troubling condition known as tinnitus.
The technique being studied uses nervous system stimulation to rewire parts of the brain in an attempt to significantly reduce...
Being Out of Shape in Middle Age Can Mean Dementia Later: Study
How middle-aged people rate their own physical fitness could provide clues about their risk for future dementia, Finnish researchers report.
Among people aged about 50, those who self-rate their level of fitness as poor are four times more likely to develop dementia within...
Alzheimer's Is Six Times Deadlier Than Thought: Study
Nearly half a million elderly Americans likely died from Alzheimer's disease in 2010, a figure almost six times higher than previous estimates of annual deaths, according to a new study released on Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that...
Twin Study Shows Genetics as Major Alzheimer's Factor
A new study in twins is offering clues to the power of genetics in charting the course of the brain-robbing disease Alzheimer's. Experts have long known that the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and the brain changes associated with the condition can vary widely from person...
New Research Show Ginkgo Improves Brain Power
Memory often begins to fail with age, but a new study from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine found that the herb Ginkgo biloba keeps aging memories sharp. In a six-month study, a group of older healthy adults improved their brain's speed in making...
New Drugs May Boost IQ of Those With Down Syndrome
Aiming deep inside the brain, drugmakers are testing medicines that may improve learning in people with Down syndrome, an advance unimaginable 50 years ago when many children with the genetic condition were considered hopelessly disabled. About 6,000 U.S. babies are born...
Older Binge Drinkers Double Death Risk
Binge drinking may shorten your life, even if your drinking is considered moderate overall, new research indicates.
Many studies of moderate drinking have delved into how it affects health and mortality, but most haven't looked at patterns of drinking, explained study...
25 Percent of US Soldiers Have Mental Problems: Harvard Study
Three new studies suggest that a sizable percentage of American soldiers suffer from some type of mental health issue, at rates higher than those seen in the general population.
Some of the differences in disorder rates are truly remarkable, Ronald Kessler, a professor of...
Smoking Linked to Brain Changes
Young smokers who have smoked more cigarettes have clear differences in their brains compared to lighter smokers, according to a new study.
Earlier studies of older participants showed that the smokers had structural differences in various brain regions, said senior author...
Nightmares Can Be Early Sign of Mental Illness: Study
Many young kids will have an occasional bad dream, but frequent nightmares or episodes of night terrors over a long period of time could be an early warning sign of mental illness, according to a new study.
British researchers found children who experience...
Insomniacs' Brains Work Differently, Say Researchers
The brains of insomniacs buzz with more activity during the day, preliminary new research suggests, offering possible insight into why people with sleep problems complain that their minds won't shut down at night.
The findings, based on a small study of 28 people aged 50 and...
Researchers Discover Why Autism Strikes More Boys
A new DNA study begins to explain why girls are less likely than boys to have an autism spectrum disorder.
It turns out that girls tend not to develop autism when only mild genetic abnormalities exist, the researchers said. But when they are diagnosed with the disorder, they...
High-Calorie Diet May Slow Lou Gehrig's
There's early evidence from a small study that people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis -- also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease -- who are fed a high-calorie, high-carb diet, may see the progression of their disease slowed.
ALS is a degenerative disease that kills nerve...
Third of Stroke Victims Remain Disabled Years Later: Study
One-third of people who suffer strokes before the age of 50 will have trouble dealing with the challenges of daily life even several years later, a new study finds.
The finding suggests that younger age provides only limited protection against the devastation of a...
Kids With Older Dads at Greater Risk for Mental Illness, Say Researchers
Children born to older fathers are at higher risk for various psychiatric and learning problems than once thought, a large new study suggests.
Among more than 2 million children born in Sweden, researchers found that those born to fathers aged 45 and older were more prone to...
Chemicals in Western Diet Linked to Alzheimer's
Common compounds in the Western diet seem to promote Alzheimer's-linked brain deposits and memory problems in mice, researchers say.
Scientists found that when they added the compounds -- called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) -- to the lifelong diets of...
Tylenol During Pregnancy May Boost Baby's ADHD Risk: Study
Expectant mothers suffering from fever or headache may face a new dilemma when they open the medicine cabinet.
Pregnant women who take acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- might be more likely to have a child with attention deficit-hyperactivity...
Ketamine Therapy Relieves Depression: Johns Hopkins
The synthetic medication ketamine, used as an anesthetic agent and sometimes taken as a recreational club drug, has been found to be as effective as antidepressants or even electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in treating depression.
Heading Soccer Ball Can Cause Brain Damage: Study
Heading a soccer ball -- a common move on the playing field -- can have serious, long-term effects on the brain, warns a Canadian researcher.
Concussions account for as many as 8.6 percent of injuries in soccer,according to a study by Dr. Tom Schweizer, director of the...
Troubled Veterans Getting Unproven Therapies: Experts
Unproven prevention and treatment methods are being used in the care of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars with disorders such as anxiety and depression, a panel of experts say.
They also found that the Department of Defense has no proven programs to prevent domestic...
Low Iron Levels Can Lead to Stroke: Study
Low iron levels can raise your risk of stroke by making your blood more sticky, a new study indicates.
Investigators looked at data from nearly 500 people with a rare hereditary disease that causes them to have enlarged blood vessels in the lungs. Typically, blood vessels in...
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